Courses & Units

Decision Making in Emergency Management PEM320


This unit examines the process of decision making in emergency management. You will analyse the elements that contribute to decision making in dynamic, complex, and uncertain environments as experienced in emergency management.

The unit will address the processes, structures, and approaches of decision making, including the concepts of situational awareness and common operating picture in the context of emergency management.

This unit is an advanced (level 3) emergency management unit where you will be presented with a range of examples which you can reflect upon, in order to analyse the decision making process in emergency management.


Unit name Decision Making in Emergency Management
Unit code PEM320
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Policing and Emergency Management
Coordinator Mr Cameron Atkinson
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Apply your knowledge of theoretical decision making concepts to your learning.
  • Analyse the principles that underpin the decision making process in emergency management.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
$1,892.00 $888.00 not applicable $2,213.00

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For UTAS students seeking to enrol in this unit as an elective completion of 200 credit points.


Teaching Pattern

Individual study, 2 hours, weekly

AssessmentOnline quiz on the underpinning principles of decision- making in emergency management (20%)|Written case study on the decision-making process in emergency management (30%)|Written case study on situational awareness in the context of decision-making in emergency management (50%)
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